Artwork Panel: 31.2cm x 65cm ≈ 12¼" x 25½"
Silk/Brocade: 40.3cm x 121cm ≈ 15¾" x 47½"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.3cm ≈ 19½"Information about caring for your wall scroll
Close up view of the calligraphy artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This is the title for "Karate-Do" in Japanese. This literally means, "Empty Hand Way".
Looking at the Kanji, the first means "empty" or "ether".
The second Kanji means "hand".
The third means "way" or "method".
This term is know worldwide as the most famous martial arts of Japan. The origins are thought to come from Kung Fu, but with movements simplified so it is easier to master and use.
See our Karate-Do custom Japanese Kanji wall scrolls page for more custom Japanese Kanji calligraphy options.
This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".
The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful silk brocade wall scroll. Except for the use of a lathe to turn the wooden knobs, this wall scroll is virutally 100% handmade from start to finish (even the paper is made by hand).
This item was listed or modified
Oct 5th, 2017
Gary's random little things about China:
If you are from my generation, you may remember the video game called "Frogger". It involved crossing a busy road while narrowly dodging cars and truck, often both in front of and behind you at the same time.
Well you can play real live Frogger every time you cross the street in China. It is perfectly normal to cross a four or six-lane road, one lane at a time. You stand motionless on the white, dashed line between lanes as cars and trucks whiz by you on both sides with only inches to spare. When the next lane is clear, you advance (there is no retreat in this game, that could get you killed, since drivers in China would never expect that).
If you did this in America, drivers would come to a screeching halt and think you were crazy (they might even tell you so, using colorful words and hand gestures). It is simply a different culture, or rather a different way of doing things in modern Chinese culture.